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Old 02-08-2019, 04:48 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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It's hard to say what really happened, but there have been numerous cases of feral children raised by animals so who knows.
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:00 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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It's hard to say what really happened, but there have been numerous cases of feral children raised by animals so who knows.

Kinda where I'm at but s bear in the middle of hibernation season doesn't top my list for an adoptive parent of a human child. Could be? Nothing is impossible. But I guarantee it wasn't a boar bear.
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:10 PM
 
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I've read stories about mama bears taking in abandoned cubs. Maybe a crying small person seemed like a cub for a while. (I've read of bears taking care of children in other countries here and there...just a few reports over the decades...but don't know if the stories are true or not.)
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I've read stories about mama bears taking in abandoned cubs. Maybe a crying small person seemed like a cub for a while. (I've read of bears taking care of children in other countries here and there...just a few reports over the decades...but don't know if the stories are true or not.)
There are simply not enough stories of children raised by bears: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_child. Monkeys or dogs would be more plausible. It is more likely a small child like that would end up as Kiddles and Bits!
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Old 02-09-2019, 12:02 PM
 
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Not talking about feral children, just a short protective period for one crying, the mother bear in protective period with her own, and a sense of a male bear around.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:49 PM
 
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Not talking about feral children, just a short protective period for one crying, the mother bear in protective period with her own, and a sense of a male bear around.
If you look at the historical data you don't have any accounts; other than one that maybe happened in the sixteen hundreds. Could the boy have mistaken a large dog for a bear? In the following link the authorities do not believe the bear story: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/ne...225284585.html. But they feel that the kid might have believed the story. By the way, in that link it states that the temperature went down to 17 F the first night.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:14 PM
 
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If you look at the historical data you don't have any accounts; other than one that maybe happened in the sixteen hundreds. Could the boy have mistaken a large dog for a bear? In the following link the authorities do not believe the bear story: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/ne...225284585.html. But they feel that the kid might have believed the story. By the way, in that link it states that the temperature went down to 17 F the first night.
If either a bear or large dog had stayed with him, kept him warm and protected him, that animal would have still been there when the boy was rescued. None of it makes sense. I'm just going to say the little boy was very lucky.
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Old 02-17-2019, 01:30 AM
 
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Maybe the animal was attracted to the cries of a little creature. Maybe the animal was in it's nursing stage and extra attentive to such things from whatever species. The first story I read about finding the boy was that a woman was walking her dog very nearby and heard what sounded like a child crying for it's mama. That woman called her...I believe her son. Who called the sheriff immediately and all the rescue people were there very quickly.

An adult human, a dog, all those sirens could have easily scared off any animal.
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:04 PM
 
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Maybe the animal was attracted to the cries of a little creature. Maybe the animal was in it's nursing stage and extra attentive to such things from whatever species. The first story I read about finding the boy was that a woman was walking her dog very nearby and heard what sounded like a child crying for it's mama. That woman called her...I believe her son. Who called the sheriff immediately and all the rescue people were there very quickly.

An adult human, a dog, all those sirens could have easily scared off any animal.
A bear would have been in a state known as torpor during the time the boy was lost.

A bear in protective mode isn't "easily scared off."
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Old Yesterday, 01:43 AM
 
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Yes, they usually have their babies then too...January. Torpor not being hibernating.

We have had them on our property. We don't interact with them. No food out. They surprisingly don't bother garbage or people, nor, as far as we see evidence of, other animals. Scat, yes. A couple of years ago one young one decided to make a nest a few yards from our front door. We see another similar looking area this winter but no evidence of bear yet.
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